Volleyball State Finals
All matches at Polk State College’s Winter Haven Health Center. Admission is $17 via GoFan (a $3 parking fee is included in the price of admission).
Miami Westminster Christian (24-8) vs. Carrollwood Day (30-2), 4 today
How they got here: Westminster Christian d. Palmer Trinity 3-0, d. Divine Savior Academy 3-0, d. Ransom Everglades 3-1, d. Trinity Christian Academy 3-0. Carrollwood Day d. Clearwater Central Catholic 3-0, d. Sarasota Cardinal Mooney 3-0, d. Berkeley Prep 3-2, d. Lake Highland Prep 3-1.
|Category||Westminster Christian||Carrollwood Day|
|Kills||Gigi Artiles, 466||Lydia Chinchar, 536|
|Blocks||Gigi Artiles, 30||Sarah Dibbs-Frantz, 64|
|Aces||Zoey Matias, 54||Naomi Chinchar, 38|
|Digs||Zoey Matias, 407||Mattea Casale, 329|
|Assists||Alyssa Cadavid, 801||Naomi Chinchar, 880|
The Patriots, ranked first in the class, third overall in the state and 21st nationally by MaxPreps, are in the championship match for the first time since 2017 when they won their only state volleyball title.
In the semifinals, Carrollwood Day advanced with a 25-14, 20-25, 25-21, 25-15 victory over Orlando Lake Highland Prep. Naomi Chinchar, a senior, had 31 assists and 15 digs and younger sister Lydia, a freshman, added 25 kills and 13 digs.
Their father, Doug Chinchar, an assistant with the Patriots who was promoted to head coach this offseason, has been in this position before. He coached at Bishop McLaughlin for 11 seasons and led the Hurricanes to state semifinal appearances three straight seasons (2018-20), including a state final appearance in ’18.
Carrollwood Day, which has won 13 straight matches, is tested after getting through one of the toughest regions in the state to get to the semifinals. In the playoffs, the Patriots have beaten defending state champion Clearwater Central Catholic, defending region finalist Sarasota Cardinal Mooney and avenged one of their two losses this season with a win over Berkeley Prep.
This is an all-too-familiar spot for Westminster Christian. After all, the Warriors are in the title match for the third straight season. In each of the last two championship matches, Westminster Christian has been swept by a Tampa Bay area opponent (Calvary Christian in 2021 and Clearwater Central Catholic last season).